May 3, 2019

Startup Employee Visa to be introduced in Lithuania

Lithuania is going to launch a fast track one point procedure for issuing visas to the third country professionals recruited by the Lithuanian startup companies. The initiative is aimed at eliminating existing administrative barriers for high-skilled third country citizens in obtaining employment-related residence permits. The qualifying startup employees to be entitled to benefit from the fast track visa procedures will include among other blockchain and AI professionals as well as iOS developers. The residence permit applications of such qualifying employees will be given a priority and will be processed within the shortest time possible.

So far there are no details as to the exact launch date of the new visa procedure for startup employees. Given the ever-increasing number of foreign high-skilled employees arriving to Lithuania, one might expect the new rules to be put in place already in the coming months.